Plant Breeder

Plan and carry out breeding studies to improve varieties of crops.
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Salary Range
$34,000 – $102,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor

What do Plant Breeders do?

Plans and carries out breeding studies to develop and improve varieties of crops: Improves specific characteristics, such as yield, size, quality, maturity, and resistance to frost, drought, disease and insect pests in plants, utilizing principles of genetics and knowledge of plant growth. Develops variety and selects most desirable plants for crossing. Breeds plants, using methods such as inbreeding, crossbreeding, backcrossing, outcrossing, mutating, or interspecific hybridization and selection. Selects progeny having desired characteristics and continues breeding and selection process to reach desired objectives.

Should I be a Plant Breeder?

You should have a doctoral degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Logical Thinker: You take a step-by-step approach to analyze information and solve problems.
  • Flexible: You're open to change and think variety is the spice of life.
  • Trustworthy: You are known for your personal integrity and honesty.

  • Also known as: Corn Breeder, Cotton Breeder, Hybrid Corn Breeder, Plant Breeder Scientist

    How to become a Plant Breeder

    Plant Breeders often have a Doctorate. Start by getting your Bachelor's degree. Chart?chd=s:aaa1c9&chl=|||bachelor%27s+%2837%25%29|master%27s+%2820%25%29|doctorate+%2843%25%29&cht=p3&chs=466x180&chxr=0,0,43
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